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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 12:23

Care for the Earth from Young

Written by  Then Hon Keong & Lee Heng Lun / Nilai Translated by Tan Hooi Chien

Volunteers showing the students the different types of recyclables. [Photograph by Tay Jee Un]

Students of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang, Nilai, know little about environmental protection. For this reason, Tzu Chi volunteers in Seremban went to the school to propagate the idea of loving Mother Earth and protecting the environment to the students.


 
In June 2014, Principal of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang, Krishnan a/l Perumal, joined Tzu Chi volunteers on home visits to applicants of Tzu Chi Study Grant & Awards Scheme. It was during such visits that they came across an applicant’s family, who had neither money nor food. After discussion, volunteers immediately took the mother to a nearby sundry shop to buy daily necessities. This compassionate act touched Principal Krishnan’s heart deeply and he signed up as a Tzu Chi monthly donating member there and then.
 
Through volunteers’ sharing, he also learnt about Tzu Chi’s efforts in promoting environmental protection. At his invitation, volunteers visited the school on July 15, 2015, to advocate environmental protection to 57 students and about 10 teachers.
 
Teacher Manimolizi a/p Palanisamy, who was transferred to the school this year, was happy that the volunteers were at the school to share about environmental protection. She said, “Although there are rubbish bins around the school, the students still litter everywhere. They even throw away recyclables, such as, PET bottles and glasses. Their environmental awareness is very poor.”
 
Practise the 5Rs of recycling
 
The school is a 45-minute drive from Tzu Chi’s centre. On the way to the school, the van transporting some volunteers had a tyre puncture, and they had to go to a tyre shop for the repair work. While waiting for their arrival, other volunteers who were already there then proceeded with the programmes.
 
In his speech, Principal Krishnan expressed his gratitude to Tzu Chi and hoped that the students would pay attention to volunteers’ sharing and learn more about environmental protection.
 
When teaching recyclable classification, a volunteer held up a piece of paper and asked the students, “What is this?” and they eagerly responded, “It is paper!”
 
Using presentation slides, volunteers also shared about the urgency and importance of environmental protection, as well as the ways to practise it in daily life. Among the concepts shared were the 5Rs of recycling, that is, “Refuse” to use things that are not environmentally-friendly, such as, stryrofoam, disposable chopsticks and so on; “Reduce” usage of resources, such as, water and electricity; “Repair” what can still be repaired and “Reuse” them; and “Recycle” those that cannot be used anymore. Volunteers also presented a short video and demonstrated on how to handle PET bottles.
 
Following that, volunteers invited the audience to join them in performing the sign language interpretation of a song, “A Clean Planet”. The hand gestures are simple and easy, and everyone sang along with movements of the hands joyfully. Teacher Manimolizi found the song meaningful and hopes to share it with others.
 
Volunteers also introduced Tzu Chi, and its four major missions (Charity, Medicine, Education and Humanistic Culture) and eight footprints (International Disaster Relief, Bone Marrow Donation, Environmental Protection and Community Volunteerism.)
 
Protect the environment and save Mother Earth
 
After learning about environmental protection, Kheishay Kumar a/l Saravanan, a Primary 2 student said, “We have the blue, orange and brown recycle bins, so we can recycle paper, plastics and aluminium cans. Only when we do recycling can the Earth be clean.”
 
Ragavi a/p Chandran, a Primary 6 student, learnt how to handle PET bottles, that is, squash and collect them tidily. She also understood that proceeds collected from the sale of recyclables are used to help the needy.
 
Environmental protection is the responsibility of everyone. Lately, the Malaysian Government has also included this concept in the school syllabus. Volunteers’ initiative is undoubtedly a boost to help students develop environmental awareness and bring about a clean Planet.
 
 

 
Principal Krishnan invited volunteers to talk about environmental protection in his school. [Photograph by Tay Jee Un]   Volunteers introduced Tzu Chi to the students.[Photograph by Tay Jee Un]

Principal Krishnan invited volunteers to talk about environmental protection in his school. [Photograph by Tay Jee Un]
 
Volunteers introduced Tzu Chi to the students.[Photograph by Tay Jee Un]
 
Kheishav Kumar (in red shirt) decided to practise what he has learnt in his daily life. [Photograph by Tay Jee Un]    

Kheishav Kumar (in red shirt) decided to practise what he has learnt in his daily life. [Photograph by Tay Jee Un]